Life of Joseph Series: 4. Joseph With the Butler and Baker

Friday, September 27, 2019
Lesson 4 in the Life of Joseph Series.
Joseph is in prison at the same time that Pharaoh's chief butler & chief baker are put in prison.
He interprets their dreams which happen just like Joseph told them.
Scripture is Genesis 40.
We are continuing our study about Joseph from the book of Genesis. He is the son of Jacob (AKA Israel) and Rachel. He has 11 brothers and his younger brother (Benjamin) has the same parents. Joseph’s brothers were upset when their father gave him the coat of many colors. Then he had two dreams that showed them bowing down to Joseph. The coat and the dreams made them hate Joseph. So, they made a plan to get rid of him.
They threw him in a pit (water well) and sold him to Midianite traders. The traders took him to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar. Potiphar was captain of the guard and an officer of Pharaoh (ruler or king of Egypt). But, Potiphar’s wife decided she wanted Joseph and when Joseph told her no, she lied to Potiphar.
Joseph was put in a prison where the king’s prisoners were kept. He stayed faithful to God and God blessed him. Joseph was put in charge over the other prisoners and the captain of the prison didn’t question anything Joseph did.
After a time, Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker made Pharaoh angry. He was so angry at both officers, that he put them in prison. It happened to be the same prison where Joseph is being held. The captain of the guard turned the chief baker and chief butler over to Joseph to take care of. They were in prison for a while.
Pharaoh’s butler and baker each had a dream while they were in prison. They both had a dream the same night. They each had a different dream, though. Joseph saw them the next morning and asked them why they looked so sad.
The butler and baker told Joseph that they both had a dream and there wasn’t anyone to explain the dreams to them. Joseph replied that “The interpretations belong to God; but please tell them to me.”
The chief butler told his dream first. He said that there was a vine in front of him in his dream. The vine had three branches and it budded with blossoms and there were clusters of ripe grapes. Then he had Pharaoh’s cup in his hand. He took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand.
Joseph told the chief butler that the dream meant this: The three branches represent three days. In three days Pharaoh will return you to your job and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand like you did before. Joseph asked him to remember him and mention him to Pharaoh to release him from prison. He told the butler that he hasn’t done anything to be put in prison.
The chief baker saw that Joseph did well with the butler’s dream, so he told Joseph his dream. He said that there were three white baskets on his head. There were all kinds of baked goods in the top basket for Pharaoh. The birds came and ate the food from the basket.
Joseph told the baker that the three baskets are three days. In three days, Pharaoh would hang him from a tree and the birds would eat from his body.
The third day was Pharaoh’s birthday. He had a feast for all of his servants. The chief butler was given his job back and the chief baker was hanged. This happened just as Joseph told them. But, the chief baker forgot all about Joseph.
The application pack has the standard Q&A worksheet with the teacher's answer sheet. It includes a maze and a crossword puzzle. The crossword puzzle had a teacher's answer sheet. There is also a student application worksheet with Scripture Posters. The Scripture Posters are great for bulletin boards or wall decorations for any Bible lesson that applies.
Added later are the lapbook printables (right) for the butler and baker while Joseph was in prison. There is one for the butler, one for the baker and one for Joseph with them. I also added a worksheet (left) for the butler and baker. The worksheet has the same questions as the lapbook printables.
Click here to print the lesson.
This is a variety pack for Genesis 39-46 since it covers so much!
There is a visual(s) for each event that is in these chapters.

Click here to download the pictures to color.
(These are the same as the visuals but are black & white.)

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